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1704, 2014

Thumb Sucking

By | April 17th, 2014|Categories: Dental Habits, Growth and Development, Mouth Care, Prevention|

When should my child stop sucking their thumb and how can I stop them? From a dental point of view, in particular the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentists, we recommend that a child stops the habit of sucking their thumb by age three. We find that if a child is able to stop that habit by age three there is no lasting affects to the dentition. What affects can happen [...]

1004, 2014

Shark Teeth

By | April 10th, 2014|Categories: Growth and Development, Mouth Care|

Why does my child have two rows of teeth? It looks like the permanent ones are coming in behind the baby ones - is this normal? This is quite common and perfectly normal for the adult teeth to come in behind your child’s baby teeth. We generally check for a couple of things when this happens. If your child is five or six years old and you notice that the [...]

2603, 2014

First Visit

By | March 26th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

We recommend along with the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that your child see the dentist, preferably a pediatric dentist, by age one or by the time they have at least one tooth in their mouth; so by first tooth or by first birthday. This first visit will be much more of an educational session for the parents or the guardians of the [...]

1903, 2014

Why Fix Baby Teeth

By | March 19th, 2014|Categories: Dental Habits, Diet Habits, Growth and Development, Mouth Care, Prevention|

Why do we need to fix my child’s baby teeth, they’re just going to fall out anyway. Yes, they are just baby teeth but some of the back baby molars will be in your child’s mouth until they are 10 to 12 years old so during that time frame there are many reasons to keep baby teeth. One reason to treat baby teeth is for their function in chewing, in [...]

503, 2014

Can my Child Have White Fillings?

By | March 5th, 2014|Categories: Dental Habits, Growth and Development, Prevention|

White Fillings are a type of plastic called composite. We find that, and research supports this, white fillings in baby teeth tend to leak and do not last for the life span of the baby tooth. So for instance, in a child who is 3 years old who has a cavity and were we to place a white filling in that tooth, that child may need to have it replaced [...]

2702, 2014


By | February 27th, 2014|Categories: Dental Habits, Growth and Development, Mouth Care, Prevention|

What can we expect on the day of our child’s sedation appointment and how do we prepare them? I generally recommend speaking to your child in words that are appropriate for their age and actually preparing them very little for the appointment. In their world they’re just coming to visit the dentist again and that’s really all that they need to know, they don’t need to stress about things that [...]

2002, 2014

Grey Tooth

By | February 20th, 2014|Categories: Dental Habits, Dental Trauma, Growth and Development, Mouth Care, Prevention|

My child fell and banged their front baby tooth and it’s turned black. What do we do? Generally when a baby tooth is traumatized it can turn black for a couple of reasons. One reason which is quite common is essentially a bruise. There is bruising on the inside of the tooth with some dried blood giving the outside surface of the tooth a grey appearance. The other reason the [...]

1302, 2014


By | February 13th, 2014|Categories: Dental Habits, Dental Trauma, Growth and Development, Mouth Care, Prevention|

My child’s teeth are coming in crooked. Are they going to need braces? This is usually asked by the parent of a two or three year old. It’s very hard to determine at this stage if in fact your child will need braces because of several reasons. One, the dental arch is still developing and the teeth are just coming in so there is a chance for much movement to [...]

602, 2014

Bad Enamel

By | February 6th, 2014|Categories: Dental Habits, Diet Habits, Growth and Development, Mouth Care, Prevention|

My child seems to have bad enamel. Bad enamel runs in our family, so what do we do? Well, bad enamel or missing enamel - there are rare conditions where a child may be missing their enamel, there are genetic conditions but they are quite rare. Another reason a child might have poor quality enamel is if they were ill as an infant and given antibiotics or perhaps born prematurely. [...]

1811, 2013

Visit to Dentist within Baby’s First Year Key to Preventing Childhood Caries

By | November 18th, 2013|Categories: Dental Habits, Growth and Development, Mouth Care, Oral Health in the Media, Prevention|

A friendly reminder from the Canadian Dental Association about the importance of early dental visits for infants:   Regular and early visits by infants and toddlers to a dentist can help to identify and address the risk for tooth decay that can lead to early childhood caries, says the Canadian Dental Association (CDA).   “Tooth decay is preventable,” says Dr. Peter Doig, President of CDA. “Infants should visit the dentist [...]

3110, 2013

Helpful Tips for Healthy Smiles at Halloween

By | October 31st, 2013|Categories: Diet Habits, Mouth Care, Oral Health in the Media|

Helpful tips from the Canadian Dental Association!   Halloween is just around the corner and we all know that for most children, Halloween means candy and lots of it!   However, when your child consumes sugary food or drinks, the bacteria (germs) in the dental plaque on the teeth mix with the sugars in the candy to make a mild acid. This acid attacks the hard outer layer of the [...]

1510, 2013

Are trampolines safe for children?

By | October 15th, 2013|Categories: Dental Trauma, Growth and Development|

Dr. Jen would like to share this important message from the Canadian Pediatricians regarding trampoline use. Injury can also involve the teeth and face in young children.   Are home trampolines safe? Home trampolines are not safe and the number of injuries related to trampoline use is on the rise in Canada.   Can my child be injured on a trampoline? Trampoline injuries are most common among children 5 to [...]

110, 2013

Breakfast Basics for Busy Families

By | October 1st, 2013|Categories: Diet Habits|

Another great tip from on helping give your family the healthiest breakfast possible, even on the busiest school days!   Eating breakfast can improve children's behavior and school performance, as well as help them maintain a healthy weight. But a survey by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation reveals that breakfast isn't eaten all of the time by 42 percent of Caucasian and Hispanic children, and 59 percent [...]

409, 2013

Healthy eating for children

By | September 4th, 2013|Categories: Diet Habits, Growth and Development|

As a parent, one of the most important things you do is to help your children learn healthy eating habits. Children need a balanced diet with food from all four food groups—vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives.   Children need 3 meals a day and 1 to 3 snacks (morning, afternoon and possibly before bed). Healthy snacks are just as important as the food [...]

309, 2013

The dentist says my child needs a filling in a baby tooth. Since the tooth is going to fall out, why bother?

By | September 3rd, 2013|Categories: Growth and Development|

Some primary (or baby) teeth will be in your child's mouth until age 12. The tooth that needs to be fixed may be one of those.   Broken teeth or teeth that are infected can hurt your child's health and the way your child feels about him or herself.   To do a filling, the dentist removes the decay and "fills" the hole with metal, plastic or other material. A [...]

2808, 2013

Fluoride and Your Child

By | August 28th, 2013|Categories: Fluoride, Growth and Development, Mouth Care, Prevention|

The Canadian Dental Association explains what the benefits of fluoride are to your child's (and your) developing dentition:   Fluoride is a mineral found in soil, water (both fresh and salt) and various foods. It has a positive effect on oral health by making teeth more resistant to decay. Fluoride can also prevent or even reverse tooth decay that has started.   Fluorides are used by communities as a public [...]

708, 2013

What is a sealant?

By | August 7th, 2013|Categories: Mouth Care, Prevention|

Dr. Jen wants to ensure your child maintains a healthy mouth for life! Fissure sealants are a preventative plastic coating, painted onto permanent or adult molars and sometimes premolars, which help to prevent cavities on the biting surface of those at-risk teeth. The best time to place these sealants is soon after your child's 6 year molars erupt into the mouth. Dr. Jen's certified dental assistants are well-trained to help [...]

2507, 2013

The Social Story: Going to the Dentist

By | July 25th, 2013|Categories: Dental Habits, Growth and Development, Psychology|

Dr. Jen has recently had a customized Social Story developed for her practice! What is a Social Story? A Social Story can be a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviours, skills or concepts and were introduced and described by Gray and Garand (1993). According to Gray (2010) ‘a Social Story describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses [...]

2307, 2013

Is ‘real’ fruit juice better for your child?

By | July 23rd, 2013|Categories: Diet Habits|

We emphasize diet and toothbrushing as the 2 key ingredients for maintaining your child's oral health. The American Academy of Pediatrics makes the following recommendation: ``that fruit juice not be given to infants under six months of age since it offers no nutritional benefit to babies in this age group. After six months of age, infants may have limited amounts of juice each day. For youngsters older than six months, [...]

2207, 2013

What will we do at your child’s 1st Dental Visit?

By | July 22nd, 2013|Categories: Dental Habits, Growth and Development, Mouth Care|

The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and The Canadian Dental Association recommend your child see the dentist by “1st tooth or 1st birthday.” Why? Even though your child has just a few teeth and will likely be uncooperative at their first few dental visits, prevention is the key to a lifetime of healthy teeth and no cavities! - You will answer a dental and medical questionnaire (or you can fill [...]

1507, 2013

Baby bottle tooth decay

By | July 15th, 2013|Categories: Diet Habits, Mouth Care|

Milk is the first thing babies’ drink, whether breast or formula and then cow’s milk, and it is integral to their growth and development. Having a feeding schedule early on helps to establish great habits and to avoid baby bottle tooth decay or Early Childhood Caries (ECC). Your child will begin to get their first teeth around 6 months old, which is also the time when solid foods are being [...]

807, 2013

Is toothbrushing in your house a struggle?

By | July 8th, 2013|Categories: Dental Habits, Mouth Care|

Try playing your child's favourite song or TV show – it can be a great distraction and enable you to do a thorough cleaning of their teeth, especially before bed! Your child’s mouth becomes dry at night time and any food or drink residue remaining on the teeth serve as ‘food’ for bacteria. The bacteria, in turn, produce acid which breaks down tooth surface and eventually leads to a cavity [...]

407, 2013

Pregnant Mom’s oral health is important to baby

By | July 4th, 2013|Categories: Diet Habits, Mouth Care|

Did you know babies often mimic the same bacteria in their mouths as their Mom's! We all have ‘good’ bacteria in our mouths, but if Mom has a cavity, then there are some ‘bad’ bacteria present. Mom’s often try food for baby with the same spoon for temperature and taste or clean a soiled pacifier with their mouth, this ‘bad’ bacteria can then be transferred from Mom’s mouth to baby’s [...]

307, 2013

Summer time sports injuries!

By | July 3rd, 2013|Categories: Dental Trauma, Mouth Care|

Spring has finally sprung, we think!! Helmets on, mouthguards in and have fun kids! ...we are here if you need us for those unplanned mouth bumps. Did you know that if a baby tooth is pushed up into the gums from a fall, it will usually heal and re-erupt into the mouth over 3-6 months? However, if a permanent tooth is pushed up into the gums, it will need to [...]

207, 2013

Why bring your 1 year old to a pediatric dentist?

By | July 2nd, 2013|Categories: Dental Habits, Dental Trauma, Diet Habits, Growth and Development, Mouth Care|

To discuss home toothbrushing and toothpaste habits, pacifier/thumb habits, trauma experience/preparation, beverage/bottle/sippy cup habits, oral growth and development; to introduce your child to the dental visit; to examine your child's gums and teeth. Early prevention is key to establishing great oral health for life!  

2806, 2013

All About Baby Teeth

By | June 28th, 2013|Categories: Dental Habits|

Did you know baby teeth serve many roles! They help our kids chew, speak and develop new sounds; they also play a big part in dental growth and development by holding the place for their adult teeth; a baby toothache is just as painful and can be just as disabling as an adult toothache! In addition, baby teeth are a lot thinner than adult teeth and therefore a small cavity [...]

2806, 2013

Tips for Thumb Habits

By | June 28th, 2013|Categories: Dental Habits, Mouth Care|

We recommend ceasing a thumb habit by age 3 in order to avoid permanent tooth movement from thumb sucking. Your pediatrician would suggest sooner to enable proper speech production and for your child to develop social skills with their peers. Breaking this habit can be a challenge for most parents but it is doable! Try these tips and remember it takes time: place a bandaid on the preferred thumb so [...]

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